Singapore veteran actress Ann Kok stars in her first-ever English drama

Nurul Azliah
Senior Lifestyle Reporter
The cast and crew of Channel 5 drama “Missing”. (Photo: Nurul Azliah/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

After more than 20 years of being in the industry, Singapore actress Ann Kok finally plucked up the courage to star in an English drama.

Airing on Channel 5 on 12 February, the 15-episode series entitled “Missing” will see the 45-year-old playing the role of Anne Tham, a distraught mother who loses her child in Bangkok, Thailand.

The show, which is inspired by true stories and revolves around a search for a missing brother, is also Mediacorp’s first collaboration with a production crew in Thailand, and features local celebrities Pierre Png and Rebecca Lim acting alongside Thai acts such as Arak Amornsupasiri (Pae) and Pleng Chontida Asavahame (Pleng).

During an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore at a media conference on Thursday (25 Jan), the actress seemed surprised and grateful for being selected by Wawa Pictures.

“I was asked by Wawa Pictures to play the role. But Molby (Low) told me that there was one challenge, which is that I would need to speak English,” said Kok, clad in a black maxi-dress. Low is the executive producer of the show.

The actress has starred in many notable Mandarin shows such as “Kampong Ties” and “The Oath”, but never in an English show.

“It’s not a really big role. I will only appear in three episodes,” said Kok, who seems proud for having taken up the challenge. However, she wasn’t entirely proud of her performance, and had given herself a 5-out-of-10 rating.

“I wish I had done better or prepared for the role better,”  said the actress, who has been working on a freelance basis ever since she left Mediacorp in 2014.

Besides having the freedom to select projects of her choice, Kok has been able to venture into other interests such as starting her own bakery business. In late 2017, Kok launched Harmony Bakery in Johor Bahru, which specialises in the sensational castella cakes.

Unfortunately, she won’t be opening a store in Singapore due to several reasons including costs. Thankfully, some customers do enjoy travelling to JB to try the cakes.

So what’s the secret behind her bountiful energy and youthfulness?

“I make sure I drink 1.5 litres of alkaline water everyday,” she said.

For the record, this interview was conducted in English.

“Missing” airs on Channel 5 on 12 February from Monday to Thursday at 10pm.

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